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BAFB says loud boom heard Wed. morning was part of training exercise

Earlier this year, Barksdale AFB made changes to the West Gate area to increase  security, slow...
Earlier this year, Barksdale AFB made changes to the West Gate area to increase security, slow traffic and quicken the process of visiting the base.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2021 at 7:21 PM CST
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, a loud booming sound was heard in the Haughton area.

Some people as far away as Benton say they felt the explosion. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office says they were not notified by the base of any planned detonation, but that the blast did in fact come from the base.

BAFB’s public affairs office confirms the sound people heard was the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance team performing a training exercise.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, a base spokesman issued this statement:

The 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron’s explosive ordnance team was taking part in a routine exercise as part of readiness training to ensure they are always ready to perform their duties at a moment’s notice.

During this training, a small ordnance was discovered in their uninhabited training range and was safely detonated. Barksdale has called the Bossier-Shreveport community home since the 1930s and because of its vast history, will occasional discovery remnants of its historic past in these uninhabited areas.

Our EOD technicians are expertly trained and were well-prepared to safely dispose of the ordinance. Barksdale will always ensure the safety of its personnel and our local community and appreciates the support we receive.

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